Friday, November 23, 2012

Educational Readings:Roger Schank, Jo Bower

By Allan Alach


Another pattern in the GERM movement, across the world, is the hypocrisy of the authorities over the use of ‘achievement data’. While schools are expected to ‘play the game’ and follow the requirements to the letter, the authorities play by different rules. I’ve read many overseas articles on this topic, and now evidence is starting to appear in New Zealand that indicates a similar process is happening here. We’re not yet quite sure what the intent of this fudging of information is, and investigations are continuing. In the meantime Kelvin Smythe has covered this in a number of articles.

I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at

This week’s homework!

Roger Schank: Only two things wrong with education: 1) What we teach; 2) How we teach

I’d add politicians, economists and corporates to the list..

Ruth Sutton on Rethinking Accountability

Via Canadian blogger Joe Bower.

‘This study of the links between assessment, learning and achievement revealed for the first time what many people interested in this field – myself included – had always suspected. To use an agricultural analogy, ‘Weighing the pig doesn’t make it grow.’

Instructional Leadership

Les Treichel, Retired Queensland Regional Director of Education, has sent me this document that he prepared a couple of years back. This is well worth reading, by principals and others in leadership roles, and also by all who are interested in real education as opposed to GERM infected education.

The challenge of creativity in a compliance environment

This blog by Bruce Hammonds should be read and reread and reread….

“Payment-by-Results” in 1862!

History repeats, it seems, and still doesn’t work.

Using Just 10% of Your Brain? Think Again

Popular 'neuromyths' about how we learn are creating confusion in the classroom

Goes with all the other learning myths, like national standards, raising achievement, national testing, performance pay, charter schools, and so on….. My personal favourite myth is ‘brain based learning.  Thanks to Michael Fawcett @teachernz for this link.

Finland's Secret Sauce: Its Teachers

"Anyone Can Be A Teacher:" A Salute to American Education Week

A good response to this oft heard statement of ignorance:

Education is a Process of Living and Not a Preparation for Future Living

Written for the USA; however this is very transferable to education in all GERM infected countries. It’s a longish article but well worth reading in its entirety. Will provide great ammunition to support you in debates with deformers and to inform parents etc.

Michael Gove's national curriculum reforms: where's the creativity?

“We could look to the unconventional Lumiar schools in Brazil, which believe that children learn best when they have a say in what they're learning.’


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